The Best Finance App

The best finance app, in my opinion, is Mint.com’s mobile app. Here is a list of its features and finance app alternatives if you prefer to use an app other than Mint.com.

Mint.com (Free)

I have been using mint for a long time now and believe it is the best finance app. Intuit bought this web site a while back so it is very secure, using bank level encryption.

Mint gives you a quick overview of your finances, which you can put on one of your main screens in the form of a widget. The widget will show your current cash amount and your credit debt. It will also show you the last time your information was updated, so you can be sure that you are looking at the most recent information.

Once you set up a monthly budget, you can access it with the app to make sure you are staying on track for the month. Mint is very good at knowing how to categorize your transactions for budgeting purposes and it will let you know if it does not know how to categorize a transaction.

The app automatically gives you alerts for various things, which include the availability of large deposits, what bills will are due in the next few days, etc.

You can get a very general picture of you investments with this app. By that, I mean if you simply want to know the balance of you accounts, you will be happy with this app. If you want to get more information about the performance of specific investments, you will need to go to the website.

To set up this app, I would suggest you log on to the main website to input all of you account information and set your budget. Once that is completed, you simply download the app, log in, and all your accounts are ready to go.

Adaptu Wallet (Currently Free)

Adaptu Wallet has many unique features like tracking loyal programs and creating spending forecasts. The app also allows you to store photos of insurance and business cards, which will decrease the clutter inside your wallet. The app is currently free, but the word on the street is they will start charging for usage sometime in 2012.

Pageonce (Free or $4.99 for Gold version)

Pageonce arguably has the best interface of all the finance apps. Your key account balances are placed in thumbnails that appear on the home screen. Contrary to popular belief, this app does provide PayPal support even though many claim it doesn’t. Balance updates are not as fast as Mint.com or Adaptu, some transactions take days to update. The Gold version has the useful ability to pay bills directly from the app, and this is the only finance app that can do this. The gold version also removes all the ads from your app.

5 Best Android Tablet Finance Apps

For Android tablets, the common reason for buying them may be for entertainment and leisure. Did you know that Android tablets are also proven useful in the financial world? Android has offered so many finance apps in the market which are very much relevant and useful to your every day financial needs. Whether you want the latest finance news or you need to make monetary computations, finance-related Android apps have got it all for you. Here is a list of the five best Android finance apps in the market:

1. Finance

Ever wanted to have a personal financial planner but you just can’t afford to pay for one? Simply called Finance, Android has come up with a powerful app which strips you of the need to hire a personal planner. Finance is an app which is capable of providing you with the most recent updates about the stock market. The best feature of this app is that it provides you with stock quotes which are very much reliable because they are quoted real-time. This app also syncs well with your stock portfolios which are loaded in Google Finance.

2. Real Estate Droid

If it is your dream to be a real-estate businessman someday or to be a licensed real estate broker, then this finance app is the best deal for you. Real Estate Droid comes with features which can, for one, search houses for sale. Once you find a catch, you can search information about its neighborhood with real-time updates. With this app, you can also check out mortgage quotes made by real lenders and compute for mortgage loans. You can always take advantage of the built-in loan calculator.

3. Financisto

Financisto is a finance app that is very much capable of doing many things. For one, it lets you add multiple types of bank accounts and even a multiple number of accounts per type. This means that you can add checking and savings accounts together into your file manager. For both types, you can add more than one account. With Financisto, you can also monitor which among your payments are recurring. Once you see the pattern, you can schedule them to make sure you don’t lag with your payments. This app can also help you create either a short-term or long-term budget.

4. Karl’s Mortgage Calculator

If Real Estate Droid is not enough for your mortgage needs, then you can always opt for a more specialized finance app, which is Karl’s Mortgage Calculator. By using this app, you can calculate how much mortgage you should be paying in the future and you can even visually see the results with its easy-to-read charts and graphs. This app can help you compute for your future payments, given the principal loan amounts, interest rate and terms. Karl’s Mortgage Calculator, however, is limited to supporting interest-only amortization and Canadian computations.

5. PayPal

Almost everybody knows of PayPal now. With the PayPal Android app offered in the market, you can do all things you normally do on your PayPal account. The bonus point here is that apart from being able to pay an item, you can also help hasten its delivery process. So, if you’re dying to take hold of that most recent Victoria Secret scent, then you don’t have to wait for the normal number of shipping days just to have it. You can always make it two or three days earlier with this app. With PayPal app at your reach, you can always access your PayPal account anytime you want.

Chase Business Cash Rewards Credit Card – One Card for All Your Business Expenses

The Chase Business Cash Rewards Card is a Visa cash back rewards card issued by Chase Manhattan Bank and is ideal for people with excellent credit looking to consolidate business related expenses with one credit card and planning to utilize the rebate program to the maximum. Based on the FICO score recommendation, you should have a great or nearly perfect credit record. A FICO score of at least 764 is recommended for a higher chance of approval for the Chase Business Cash Rewards Card, but is not required. You will generally require your basic business information, including your Federal tax I.D. number and telephone and permanent address when you apply for this card.

The introductory APR is as low 0.00% for 6 billing cycles on purchases and balance transfers and that too without any annual fee. Though it depends on your credit history and varies from 5.99% to 9.99% added to the prime rate, 14.99% being the regular APR. However, once the introductory rate expires, the Chase Business Cash Rewards Card does have an above average interest rate for purchases and balance transfers.

The Chase Business Cash Rewards Card is a cash back card providing you with cash rewards on your purchases and its rewards system is based on points. Through the rebate program you can receive up to 5% cash back on most of your purchases without any limit on the amount of cash rewards you can earn. According to the rebate program you get one point per $1 for new net purchase totalling between $0 to $2000 each billing cycle; five points per $1 for new net purchase totalling over $2,000 and up to $2,500 each billing cycle; and 1.25 points per $1 for new net purchase totalling over $2,500 each billing cycle. You will receive $50 every time you earn 5,000 points or you can also choose to receive brand-name merchant gift certificates.

If you are looking beyond the rewards program for something more substantial then too the Chase Business Cash Rewards Card is the ideal card for you. Not only does it provide you with amazing rewards and partial cash returns, it also provides several benefits including a purchase protection plan, travel accident insurance and also auto rental insurance. There are some additional perks along with the Chase Business Cash Rewards Card like emergency cash replacement, emergency card replacement, lost and stolen reporting, various travel and emergency assistant services, extended warranty for purchases, purchase protection and of course the Visa Business Partner Advantage. What’s more, the Chase Business Cash Rewards Card offers you quarterly management reports, year end financial statements if you want and additional cards to be used by your employees. To top it all, you can fully avail the various internet account related services and you are under no liability for unauthorised purchases made by your Chase Business Cash Rewards Card.

If you plan to occasionally carry a large revolving balance, you might find doing so a little costly due to the ‘Two Cycles Average Daily Balance’ method used by the Chase Business Cash Rewards Card to determine finance charges, which ends up costing more to maintain an occasional balance compared to the ‘Average Daily Balance’ method used by some other credit card issuers. Hence, if you can pay in full each month after the introductory rates expires (to avoid finance charges) and plan to take advantage of the reward program you will benefit most from the privileges offered by the Chase Business Cash Rewards Card.

Top 5 iPad Finance Apps for Business

The past two years have been a whirlwind in mobile computing and people are embracing these new devices, like the iPad, at breakneck speeds. Apple’s Fourth Quarter revenues jumped 21 percent from a year ago, including the sale of over 11 million iPads. It’s clear that the huge advances in mobile devices are not only changing how we live our personal lives but also how we do business. For business, especially small business, some of the biggest advantages are coming from the app world. If you want to make your business finances a breeze, check out these apps:

1. Square: Credit card transactions have never been easier. The developers of this free app will send you an actual credit card reader that plugs into your iPad. It’s secure, easy, mobile, and even has built in analytics to track sales, collect tips and tax, and send electronic receipts via email or text. There is no need to delay the payment process anymore. Oh, and they only charge a 2.75% transaction fee: no contracts, fees, or merchant accounts necessary.

2. Expensify has the traveling business world in an uproar. The features of this app are impressive at the least: sync banking information to track purchases in real time, digitize receipts to reduce the chance of losing them (just snap a picture and the app will discern and note the necessary info), customize and email reports for approval, and be reimbursed to your checking account. You’ll be your accountant’s best friend with the organization and ease provided by this app.

3. Time Master + Billing: With a 4 star rating in the app store, this app sets the bar for time and expense tracking. The overall best feature is flexibility to be customized to fit how you work – rounding minutes, multiple running timers, billing rates, expenses, client project/tasks, and so many more options. There are even additional modules available to include invoicing, QuickBooks export, and wireless sync between mobile devices.

4. Intuit GoPayment Credit Card Terminal: Similar to Square but a little bit more involved. It’s also a free app, but you have to jump through a few more hoops (AKA a 15 minute application process) to be approved to use this service. However, if you’re looking for a proven brand name, this may be for you.

5. QuickBooks Connect: This is a great supplement to your QuickBooks Online subscription (QuickBooks 2011 users you’ll have to get a paid subscription to use this app past 30 days). Manage customer information and balances; create invoices and sales receipts; convert estimates to invoices; email estimates, invoices, and sales receipts and more with this handy app.

Mobile computing can make all the difference in the efficiency of your business. Look for the bottlenecks in your financial administration and ask yourself, is there an app for that?

Kristi Daeda is an online marketing strategist that works with companies nationwide to define and execute powerful online marketing strategies. Read more about her thoughts on online marketing at her website [http://www.powerhousestrategy.com] or as featured on Mobile Apps Designers.

Creative Marketing/Financing – Businesses Become More Creative in Tough Economy

Small business owners are turning to more creative ways to market or to finance their businesses in order to remain competitive.

And yes, this is being done more out of necessity than just the typical result of business competition. Not only are businesses looking for more creative ways to attract and retain customers but they are also looking for alternative ways to fund business improvements, pay for advertising, purchase inventory or buy new equipment and more.

It’s been said that “necessity is the mother of invention” and in today’s economy business owners are finding that creativity and resourcefulness are just as necessary as a great service and product. Necessity has spurred a few interesting ideas for business owners looking for ways to grow or stay in business.

We can look at any number of factors for the falloff in the economy and say ‘that’s where the problems started’, whether it was the “housing crisis”, “job layoffs”, “banks not lending” and on and on. The bottom line is people are not spending like in “better times” and a lot of business owners are feeling the impact when they see the “percentages” that their business has dropped off from past years.

In dealing with a wide range of business types I have watched different businesses take a lot of creative approaches to improve business. I’ve had auto repair shops do things like hire a decorator to remodel waiting areas or to decorate the restrooms because statistics show them that a large percentage cars are being bought in for service by women. They feel it is very important to keep the waiting area and restrooms fresh and clean to offer a shop that women will be comfortable coming into. And in many of these cases the shop owner never even thought about how the shop looked before, he only cared about doing quality auto repairs.

More auto shops are looking for Customer Financing to help their customers who need “emergency” short-term financing to get and keep their vehicles on the road. This has proven to be an extremely effective way to attract new customers as well as up-selling existing customers on repairs that they need.

Now owners are in many cases paying attention to “other” details, like what will attract new customers. Owners are focused on what they can do in their advertising that will differentiate them from the competition.

You see restaurants offering special discounts that you never would have seen two-three years ago.

We see more medical offices offering Customer Financing programs in addition to programs, like Care Credit, GE and Chase that are based on a patients credit rating because they are finding that even some of their patients that last year had great credit have run into issues that have left them with less than perfect credit now. And that patient will no longer quality for financing that require a 650 or better FICO. They need an alternative to help those without great credit to get financing for needed health care.

Attracting new customers and patients is important but being able to provide the additional services when the customer does patronize your business is just as important. One of the most effective resources that many owners are starting to finally to utilize to attract new business is “LOCAL SEARCH MARKETING”. Here’s why: and it’s important that you think about this as if it happened to you.

Imagine you recently got a puppy for your son or daughter. And at 1 am on Saturday your child woke you saying something was wrong with the puppy. Now you need “Emergency Veterinary” service. Your kids are crying the Vet you would normally go to is not open. Do you look in the “Yellow Pages” or do YOU go online and type in the search term “24 hour Emergency Vet in your zip code”? Or perhaps you need a dentist or a doctor for a specialty whether in an emergency or not, do you search online? If you answer yes, then imagine how many of your “potential” LOCAL customers do the same.

To research a product or service in their area 97% of consumers use the Internet. And 90% of those use search engines compared to 48% who use the Yellow Pages. And MOST of those will make a “Buying Decision” based on their Internet search results. That is very powerful! And it’s amazing that more businesses are not EFFECTIVELY using Local Search Marketing when taking into consideration how inexpensive it is. (By the way, I’m not talking about expensive pay-per-click campaigns that can cost a small fortune).

Now, let’s talk about the most important thing that “many” businesses at some point want or need. A CASH INFUSION – WORKING CAPITAL – A BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT LOAN – whatever we want to call it, many businesses at some point need money to grow, remodel, expand or stay afloat. But banks are tightening credit or not lending and the reality is many businesses still need to borrow.

In today’s economy a lot of business owners are looking at “creative” short-term solutions like “Credit Card Receivable Financing” or “Merchant Cash Advances” which are based on your businesses future credit card sales or a fairly new funding option that is based on your “Business Banking History”.

These funding options can get an existing business $5000 to $500,000 in as little as 5 days with no out-of-pocket fees for an owner with a FICO score as low as 500. The lenders look at the businesses cash flow and not on collateral or solely on credit score.

You know your business. How many times have you thought ‘if I had the money right now I could buy that inventory for $20,000 and easily sell it for twice that’ or ‘if I had such and such equipment I could add another $10,000 per month in revenue’. But as we all know, that’s not how the banks look at lending.

With these creative alternative financing options your business can get approval in 24-48 hours and have funds wired to your bank account in days – not weeks or months. The lender will want to know if you have been in business at least 1 year, and will require very little documentation.

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David Claggett Executive Director

Don’t let money walk out of your business!

I help small and mid-sized business owners find and secure business loans, working capital, equipment loans and accounts receivable financing. When your business needs financing: TO EXPAND, REMODEL, ADVERTISE, PURCHASE INVENTORY or more we can help you get $5k to $500k in as little as 5 days.